The Captured

The Captured

A True Story of Indian Abduction on the Texas Frontier

Book - 2004
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On New Year's Day in 1870, ten-year-old Adolph Korn was kidnapped by an Apache raiding party. Traded to Comaches, he thrived in the rough, nomadic existence, quickly becoming one of the tribe's fiercest warriors. Forcibly returned to his parents after three years, Korn never adjusted to life in white society. He spent his last years in a cave, all but forgotten by his family.

That is, until Scott Zesch stumbled over his own great-great-great uncle's grave. Determined to understand how such a "good boy" could have become Indianized so completely, Zesch travels across the west, digging through archives, speaking with Comanche elders, and tracking eight other child captives from the region with hauntingly similar experiences. With a historians rigor and a novelists eye, Zesch's The Captured paints a vivid portrait of life on the Texas frontier, offering a rare account of captivity.

"A carefully written, well-researched contribution to Western history -- and to a promising new genre: the anthropology of the stolen." - Kirkus Reviews

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312317898
0312317891
9780312317874
0312317875
Call Number: 976.4004 Z56c
Characteristics: xx, 362 p. : ill., maps ; 22 cm

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Candaceb108
Jun 20, 2017

My situation is the same as the reader Ulana above me in this list. I read News Of The World and wanted to know more. As someone from a very early Colonist family, it is amazing to me that even at the turn of the 19th century these things were still happening. The book helps me understand the culture of Texas. I only wish they understood the culture of New England.

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lilypad_1
Jun 02, 2017

Amazing book. Excellent from historical perspective as well as person from the settlers in the 1800's and the white captives and the Native Americans trying to hang onto their way of life.
I recommend this highly.

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ulana2001
Feb 02, 2017

After completing News of The World by Paulette Jiles, which I thought was a great book, I noticed that the author highly recommended this nonfiction book for more about the Indians of the Southern Plains and the German immigrant children that were captured by them.
Mr Zesch is related several generations back to one of these children who never was able to assimilate back into his family and culture. It has plenty of footnotes to corroborate these facts.
I highly recommend learning about this somewhat unknown part of our history.

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